'''''' (; Sanskrit
: ) is a Rigvedic deities|Rigvedic deity
, associated with wind god|wind or storm
[Basham (1989), p. 15.]
and hunting god|the hunt
. The name has been translated as "the roarer".
[Majumdar (1951), p. 162.] [Zimmer (1972), p. 181] [Griffith (1973), p. 75, note 1.]
In the Rigveda
, Rudra has been praised as the "mightiest of the mighty".
The ''Shri Rudram
'' hymn from the Yajurveda
is dedicated to Rudra, and is important in the Saivism
[For an overview of the Śatarudriya see: Kramrisch, pp. 71-74.] [For a full translation of the complete hymn see: Sivaramamurti (1976)]
The Hindu god Shiva
shares several features with the Rudra: the theonym
''Shiva'' originated as an epithet of Rudra, the adjective ''shiva'' ("kind") being used...